Veneers are prosthetic restorations that are made from resin composite or porcelain. They are layered on top of misshapen, discoloured or damaged teeth. They can be used to close gaps that are unsuitable for a full tooth replacement. The veneers hide any disfiguration beneath. Any malalignment is also hidden under the veneer, thus patients who chose this option can often avoid lengthy procedures like orthodontics which can take a couple of years. The duration of the treatment can be as short as a single visit, however more commonly, it will be a week apart.
There are 2 types of veneers available.
They differ in the material used to fabricate them. These are composite veneers and porcelain veneers. We often refer to them as direct and indirect veneers respectively. This is because composite veneers are placed directly onto the tooth in 1 visit, whereas porcelain veneers require at least 2 visits and are made indirectly from the mouth in a laboratory. The choice of material will initially have a little difference in the aesthetic outcome but in the long run, porcelain veneers offer better durability and require less maintenance.
The main advantage of veneers is its convenience, because this treatment can be done within several visits. This means, there is minimal downtime. The immediate colour changes are stable and with the use or porcelain veneers, they also have the advantage of being stain resistant, due to the non-porous nature of the material.
Porcelain veneers can cost around $2000.00, while composite veneers cost about one third of that. Bear in mind that veneers are often done in sets across many teeth especially for full arch smile makeovers.